So, here’s another go-around with the proposed “new improvements” to the ING Bay to Breakers. Today’s rally at City Hall attracted about 100 souls, plus a lot of speakers and media. But changes started coming a day or two ago when PR man Sam Singer, the “master of disaster,” started singing, thus ending the denial of the organizers of the historic footrace.
[UPDATE: Read a new Race Director Angela Fang interview from a (not-at-all) viscious, attack-dog journalist here. And see a branding critique here. And finally, just who is "K.H., Manager, Sales, Production, Communications, B2B"? S/he is feisty no? So we hear from K.H. that B2B is "privately owned." O rly, by whom? Is it the Anschutz Entertainment Group, aka AEG, which is owned by The Anschutz Corporation, which is owned by noted marathon-running billionaire, Bush Cheney "Pioneer," and "intelligent design" fan Philip Anschutz? That's not my final answer, but signs point to "yes." Is this the same Philip Anschutz who supported the anti-gay Prop 2 in Colorado back in the day?]
This fellow looked like he liked what he heard this morn. Many attendees were encouraged by the fact that the take-it-or-leave-it approach from last week doesn’t appear to be written in stone. Even San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is “not against some kind of compromise.” Click to expand:
The sum of the crowd, a fair turnout, considering.
The United Hipsters of Benetton, representing the no-to-new-improvements side. You’d need an expanded Facial Hair Types chart to keep all the different grooming styles sorted out:
This graphic is somewhat damning of the organizers, some might feel. The ING people are saying the more people that register for the race, the more portable toilets we’ll get – but isn’t that a little backwards? Shouldn’t they put in a sufficient number, whatever that is, regardless? (Of course ING is just the primary sponsor and their contract with B2B runs out next year, but that’s what people call the organizers – the ING people.)
“Freaky” attorney Alix Rosenthal and San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi would like to work things out:
Can’t we all get along? As of this afternoon, it looks like we can.
Should you start working on this year’s B2B float? It’s still too soon to say…